- Over 15 million American adults, around 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, suffer from depression in a given year.
- In 2015, about 3 million teens ages 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
- Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men.
- People who are depressed are more prone to illnesses like colds than non-depressed people.
- Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse, or poverty may make people who are already susceptible to depression all the more vulnerable to the illness. more
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